- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Lexile Measure: AD740L (What's this?)
- Series: Munsch for Kids
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Annick Press (May 1, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780920236161
- ISBN-13: 978-0920236161
- ASIN: 0920236162
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,286 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids) Paperback – May 1, 1980
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A great girl-power story. (Carol Sjostrom Miller Familyfun)
One of the best princess stories ever told, Elizabeth turns the princess stereotype on its head, empowering young girls to be true to themselves. (Elizabeth Shaffer BC Parent)
About the Author
Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied to be a Jesuit priest, but decided to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an M.A. in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).
Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto.
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The author, Robert Munsch, continues with his wonderful books. The author has a keen sense of humor, and if the ending doesn't fit how you think, it is always the best. In this book, Elizabeth the Princess has a wonderful life, she has beautiful expensive clothes, she lives in a big castle and is going to marry Ronald the Prince. Then, one day, the big bad Dragon comes along, burns down the castle, steals her clothes and carries off Ronald the Prince. The Princess found a paper bag and decided to wear it. Then off she went looking for the Dragon as he left destruction in his wake.
Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will be laughing at the funny language and the Princess's antics. There are lessons to be learned, and it is not the usual ones. The illustrations by Michael Martchenko, are bright, vivid, and beautiful. This story is so funny that everyone who reads it will love the ending.
Recommended. prisrob 04-23-15
The writing is a shade too spare and clipped for me, and while I like the illustrations, they don’t “pop” as much as some other books. One star off for that.
A second star off for the packaging. It came in a one of those large mustard yellow lightly padded envelopes, and the mail carrier stuffed it into our mailbox. As a result, the paperback is somewhat curved and misshapen. Sturdier packaging would’ve helped. C’mon, Amazon!
First of all, the story is 5-star for me.
The 25th Anniversary edition is another issue. It is good, but I think it is written for people who grew up with this book. Though the new material is kid-friendly, it really isn't that interesting and is really more of a history lesson on archaic publishing practices than it is educational on how books are now being made.
I could accept all of that though. The kicker and the -1 star is putting the new meta-crap first! If I'm reading this to my kid I want to open up to the story, not the story's story. Flip the material and get five stars. Otherwise, this is a collectors/reminiscessors item and not a kids book. Get the original if you actually want to read it to your 6 or less year old kid.
This is my favorite of all of them. "Times up".... "Me Too". A good start for learning about your own value, your own power, your own worth.
Attitude is part of it, self-worth is part and knowing what you want and what your terms are. Of course all the answers couldn't be in a short kid's book but the sense of it is. I've probably bought 20 of these and while it may be a coincidence, all of the recipient young ladies have grown up to be determined, considerate, and accomplished.